"Can you be your natural self, if you know the truth?"
"Can you assimilate into our school?"
"Can you pledge secrecy when you are a human being?"
Fukuta Neko somehow finds herself applying to and enrolling in a secret school created by and specifically for animal/human shapeshifters, though only after difficult tribulations with those who manage the school. Neko befriends a fellow classmate , the cute Suzuhara Miika, prior to the tough task of enrolling, and afterwards discovers her new found friend's 'feline' side, though this changes nothing in regards to the close relationship just started between them. Join Neko on her journey into the mysteries of the prosperous Moritaka school for the sons and daughters of this literal Noah's ark.
My first review, and still learning in english, so please forgive me if this had a lot of mistakes.
Hakobune Hakusho is a great manga that tell a simple story with amazing approach. I found it one day when I was lurking around on a bookstore with no goal in mind, and I truly glad I decided to pick this one.
The story is quite simple, it's about a girl named Neko Fukuta that just accepted in a 'shady' highschool after being declined in other school she's tried. It is shady because the school literally built in the middle of nowhere, right in the center of
a mountain. The entrance exam consisted of test that should've be addressed to elementary school student. And when they finally come to the school, all they need to do is show their invitation letter, and bam, you're officially a student.
However, Fukuta has been declined to so many other schools before that she didn't really care what kind of highschool she managed to get by. And when she finally get accepted, she found out... that this school is actually means for animal who're trying to become a human.
This manga basically follow how Fukuta spend her life in this school. It's amusing because she literally didn't interact with fellow human being, but rather animal disguised in human form. Naturally, she has to hide the fact that she's actually a human, and because of that her friends sees her as some kind of 'genius'. Like, she was able to open the door by turning the knob, etc etc.
The story move pretty slow and reading it somehow giving me a sense of relaxation. It's fun, it's heartwarming, and when the plot moves and a problem arise, it'll hit you at unexpected timing.
It has a pretty art. The design is simple but somehow left a deep impression. My favorite character is a cat named Miiko. She took a form of petite girl with pretty blue eyes and curly hair. Her design is so cute you can't help but just love her. Other characters also have their own unique attribute, had their own peculiar personality, you can't help but get attached to them. I actually read this manga a few years ago, and I still remember the story and every character clearly.
Overall, this is a great manga and if you're looking for something to relax on, I'll definitely recommend this. However, it literally had near zero action so if you're looking for thrill, this manga probably not for you.